Great Music #33

Well howdy, ladies and gents. You all doing okay? Anyway, time for me to ramble on once again about music I like. Which I last did in… September. I’m getting better at keeping semi-regular intervals with this series, it seems. Oh well, let’s chat about a tune.

The year is 1967. A group of people come together to form a band. This band was called Soft White Underbelly. This name wouldn’t last too long however, as in 1971 they would change their name into what we know them as today… Blue Öyster Cult. Best known for their legendary super hit “Don’t Fear the Reaper”, from the band’s 1976 album “Agents of Fortune”, the band went on to become fucking huge in the rock/metal scene. But today we’re not talking about that one song that needed more cowbell. We’re talking about an earlier track of theirs. It’s the final track from their 1974 album, “Secret Treaties”. This is “Astronomy”.
The song opens with a little piano piece that makes the listener go “Hmm, what’s this?”. It’s slightly mysterious. Then it gets more mysterious. Then Eric Bloom opens his mouth and starts telling a tale… and by the end, it has given us one of the band’s best songs. Though that maybe doesn’t say a lot considering how many great songs they have. But if it wasn’t for “Don’t Fear the Reaper”, then “Astronomy” would be my favorite song by Blue Öyster Cult. From Bloom’s engaging vocals, to the eclectic instrumentation, to the absolutely perfect structure and pacing. The song is a beautiful crescendo, starting with that simple and mystic opening, to a somewhat bombastic, yet dramatic-sounding finale to cap off the album. Again, this is my favorite song from the band… if you discount the cowbell song.

What are your thoughts on “Astronomy”? And what’s your favorite Blue Öyster Cult song that isn’t “Don’t Fear the Reaper”? Leave any and all thoughts in the comments.
Have a good one and enjoy.

Great Music #32

Hi there. Time for another edition of “Great Music”, where I talk about music I like. Yeah, not much else to say there. Onward!

So unlike the last two parts in this series, today’s song is not from a video game. Instead it’s a regular song-song, something I listen to outside of other mediums. I mean, I found out about this band through a movie once, but this song I heard on my own, without that little help. Ladies and gents, it’s “End of the Line” by The Traveling Wilburys.

For those who don’t know, The Traveling Wilburys is a supergroup consisting of one of the coolest lineups in music. We got George Harrison (R.I.P), Roy Orbison (R.I.P), Bob Dylan, Jeff Lynne, and Tom Petty (R.I.P)… yeah, this group is (was) the real deal. The group started in 1988 and stopped circa 1991. What I love about their music is there’s no real ego on show here. It just feels like a group of friends getting together and having fun, playing some tunes… which is essentially what they were. Now, Wilburys has a great discography, meaning I could pick any song from them. But I wanted to specifically go with “End of the Line” because of the simple message it has (that I can interpret at least). No matter what happens, be it if you have great wealth or not, driving a fancy car or an absolute shitbox, everything will be okay. Yeah, one could interpret it as “Yeah, we’ll all be dead in the end”, but I’d like to be a bit more optimistic about it. A nice song that warms my heart, telling everyone that it’s all right.

What do you think of this song? And just for fun, in terms of career outside of Wilburys, who’s your favorite of them?
Have a good one and enjoy.

Great Music #31

Well hello there, ladies and gentlemen, and welcome back to Great Music, the series where I just talk about music I like. Last time we did this was back in April. I’m not good at keeping up a consistent release pace for these posts. Oh well. Here we go.

So what’s on the menu this time? Bit of old school rock? Something from a famous movie? Nah, neither. This is a bit more… revolutionary (you’ll know why in a bit). Let’s first get something god damn straight: I don’t like nazis, they’re the fucking worst, get them the hell out. But since those sons of bitches don’t seem to go away any time soon, at least I can imagine it and get some catharsis from it… thanks to “Wolfenstein”. First released in 1981, “Castle Wolfenstein” was a stealth game with some shooting elements. Then in 1992 it saw a reboot of sorts with “Wolfenstein 3D”, a revolutionary (no, that’s not the part I meant earlier) game that really brought the first person shooter to the mainstream. Cut to 22 years and god knows how many games later, and we get “Wolfenstein: The New Order”, another reboot of sorts that shared some stylistic and thematic elements with “The Man in the High Castle” and “Inglourious Basterds”. That game was a huge hit among fans and critics (yours truly included). Then three years later, in 2017 we get the sequel, “Wolfenstein: The New Colossus”, a not quite as good, but still fairly enjoyable action game with some standout moments and characters. Now, the music of “The New Order” was good, but you can still tell that it played it a little bit safe, with composer Mick Gordon testing the waters a bit. After then making the acclaimed music for the 2016 reboot of “Doom”, you could tell that he had found his style and wouldn’t shy away from exploiting it like a motherfucker. Cut to “New Colossus”, where he (along with co-composer Martin Stig Andersen) brought his fucking A-game and gave us some of the best video game music of all time. I could’ve talked about any track from the OST and been just as happy, but I felt like I needed to pick one of the more unique tracks from it to truly justify this post. And that’s why I chose “Horton Hears a Revolution” (THERE IT IS!).

In the game, you play as American resistance fighter William Joseph “B.J.” Blazkowicz (voiced by Brian Bloom) as he tries to fight back against the nazi regime which had taken over the world in 1946, and still rules with an iron cross 14 years later. But he can’t do this alone, he has to gather allies. And at a point in the game he travels to New Orleans to try to recruit a resistance group led by southern preacher Horton Boone (voiced by Christopher Heyerdahl). And as he comes to their base, they start discussing the situation they’re in, which is accompanied by a bit of nice clarinet jazz… and Mick Gordon’s heavier-than-metal guitars and drums. You see, Mick likes to approach his compositions a bit differently compared to your John Williams or Michael Giacchinos of the world. Instead of the typical orchestrations of brass and woodwind, this crazy son of a bitch uses instruments typically found in heavy metal bands (and the occasional synth for good measure). It creates a heavy sound that fits the often satirical but still brutal style of the story and writing. And the way it is used to coincide with the jazzy clarinet is absolutely frickin’ wonderful, creating a mesmerizing chaos that honestly just takes my breath away every time I hear it, while also making me want to start a revolution against some nazi assholes.

Have a good one and enjoy.

12 Songs of Christmas 2016 (Part 1)

Hello there ladies and gentlemen, and welcome to the 2016 edition of “12 Songs of Christmas”. For those who weren’t here last December, I did a little thing called “12 Songs of Christmas” where I shared 12 christmas songs up until christmas. As in Swedish christmas, AKA the 24th, instead of the 25th like ‘murica and some other places. I had fun doing that last year and thought that I would do it again this year. although it took me a while to figure this out since I also optioned some other things for the 12 days. Maybe next year I’ll do something different, who knows? But now I guess it’s time to share a song. And I’ve made sure that I’m not sharing something I did last year. Wanna know what I did last year? Search around on my blog and you’ll find those old posts. Now, enough bullshit… MUSIC!

So I thought we’d start out easy, with a classic… in the style of an awesome rock song! That’s right, it’s “Deck the Halls” as covered by Twisted Sister, the band behind classics like “I Wanna Rock” and “We’re Not Gonna Take It”.  They covered this holiday classic, with falalas and everything. Combine that with some cool rock n roll stuff and you get a damn good cover of a classic. I don’t really have anything clever to say about that, I just wanted to start with this one.
Enjoy!

Great Music #20

Hello guys, I hope you’re all doing well. So I haven’t done a post like this since mid-September, so I felt like I had to done one now. So let’s talk about music.

I hear you asking “BUT MARKUS… How can you make a post about music during the Month of Spooks?”. Well, it’s simple. Take a song (or at least music video) that have something related to spooky stuff. And what I have picked today is pretty much that. Now, I have made my love of Metallica very clear on this blog… and my twitter (#ShamelessPlug) feed… and my instagram (#ShamelessPlug) feed… and in real life.  So don’t be surprised that I picked a song by them to put here. Now, most Metallica fans might assume that I’d go with “Enter Sandman”, which is a fantastic song with a really creepy video… but that’s not what I’m going with today, though I do still highly recommend it. No, the song we’re going with “Until it Sleeps”, a song about dark themes. But the main reason why I chose it was because of the music video. It features dark, surreal, and downright creepy imagery. From religious stuff, to snakes, to death… it’s some creepy shit. And the song in itself is pretty great, I’d even say that it’s one of the band’s most underappreciated songs. So that is why I chose it. A great song for Month of Spooks.
Have a good one and enjoy!

Great Music #14

Hi there, people of the internet who may nor may not be a figment of my imagination. Time to share some music with you again, and this one it is a lot different from what I usually share with you here… so let’s do it!

The song I am sharing with you now is “Long Way Down” sung by Gary Numan. What makes this so different from the tunes I usually share here is how dark, melancholic and outright strange it is compared to the usual rock songs I tend to share with you. And evne though it isn’t a badass rock song, I still surprisingly really enjoy it. I came across it when I was playing “The Evil Within” recently and finally finished the game. Yep, it’s an end credits theme… and a damn good one at that. But after finsihing the game I decided to go back and play it on New Game Plus only to then notice that the song briefly plays very early on in the game. So then I decided to check out the soundtrack and of course found this… and now you know about it too. And who knows, I might talk about the game in the near future too…
Enjoy!

Great Music #8

Good evening, ladies and gentlemen… holt shit, that was formal. I hope you are all doing well and living a good life. It’s time for me to once again share a song that I like.

The song featured today is yet another rock song which shouldn’t be surprising for anyone who have been following me for a while since I don’t think I’ve shared any other type of song yet. Anyway, this is like I said, another rock song. The song is titled “Angel of My Dreams” and it was composed and performed by Swiss rock band Krokus. Here’s a little backstory on the relationship between me and it: When I was about 11 or 12, my best friend introduced this song to me because he thought it was cool. And sinc ethen I have enjoyed listening to it because it’s pretty great. I think my favorite part of it is the guitar riff that plays at different parts of the song. And I do like the lyrics as well and I jsut think it’s an overall great song. So maybe you could listen to it and tell me what you think about it.
Enjoy!

Great Music #6

Good afternoon, everyone. Once again I just wanted to share a song I’ve been listening to a little bit lately. And this song I am kind of doing both because I enjoy sharing stuff I like with you and because tomorrow it is December. Where did all the time go? So therefore we will mellow down a bit and just with a slow and relaxing tune. So for this time we are sharing the slow and beautiful song “Pale Blue Eyes” by Velvet Underground. So please just put the song on, relax and let yourself float away into the slow and soft melody.
Enjoy.

Great Music #5

What’s up guys? How are you doing this lovely day? I personally am doing great. Time for me to jsut share a song I really like that I am currently listening to. And this time it is the cool song “Ride Like The Wind” by the rock band Saxon. I don’t know, I just think it’s pretty cool and is just an overall great rock song in my opinion.
Enjoy.